England prepared to risk fitness of Roy, Archer against India

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Morgan, whose side need to win both of their final matches, against India and New Zealand, to guarantee a place in the semi-finals, said England's players knew before the tournament what they would be up against, despite being the home side.

The pair meet at Edgbaston on Sunday, with India attempting to preserve their unbeaten start to the tournament and secure a semi-final spot.

India, on the other hand, had adjusted their game plan according to conditions so far and the spin attack, led by the spin twins, will be in full flow on the Birmingham track.

Morgan was asked about his own future as England captain beyond the World Cup - next up is the Twenty20 equivalent in Australia in 2020 - but he was in no mood to discuss this, insisting: "It's not about me". "We thought England would probably dominate in their own conditions but, as I said at the beginning of the tournament, pressure is going to be a factor and low scores are going to be defended". After the media interaction, Kohli posed with the new jersey, displaying the back side bearing "Virat 18" and "One Day 4 Children", a UNICEF initiative for children, which the ICC Cricket World Cup has tied up with.

"They are not willing us on to win, in many ways, they are waiting for you to get that loss, so they can jump on your throat". We haven't performed well, so they are going to be critical.

The best part about Indian team is that they haven't yet played their best cricket and yet have been able to win games with consummate ease. It is surprising but I expected something like that in the World Cup because teams come under pressure. "It's for them to assess now".

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Almost 55 per cent of tickets for England clash with India at Edgbaston have been snapped up by supporters identifying as India fans, compared to just 42 per cent by England supporters, that means around 13,500 of those at the 24,500-capacity ground will be backing the visitors, compared to about 10,300 rooting for England.

However, he will be up against Yuzvendra Chahal, who is India's leading wicket-taker with ten from five games.

Eight of the 10 nations at the World Cup have an alternate kit in case of a colour clash and England also wear light blue, hence the switch. The pitch. England are already concerned about the slowness of pitches; they're rueing that Trent Bridge and Lord's were very different from what they've used to in the last two years. "I don't want to pump his tyres up too much before a big game but he is a motivated, driven and dedicated cricketer". It is the same thing he has been playing with the last three games.

"Bhuvi is recovering very fast", Kohli said.

"Jason is preparing to play tomorrow provided he gets through today's practice. So we'll see how he comes through today", Morgan said.

"Sometimes in cricket this happens because of injuries and niggles".

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